Triple Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Sunshine IPATriple Sunshine IPA

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 468
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 548
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rymar9 on 05-07-2014

This lupullin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas, and exceptional layers of flavor. Store cold, pour carefully, then close your eyes and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass.
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Photo of Hopglow
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very similar to Sip of Sunshine, but a more robust version. Hops are even more pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden which could make this dangerous in quantity. Excellent beer. As far as high octane IPAs go, In my opinion, you cannot get much better than this. Great job Lawson's. I wish you would sell this in Massachusetts. (342 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to fellow BA'er brentlepping for the share. I had a decent buzz but this one still SHINED though.

This poured a darkish orange, copperish with a healthy egg-shell head. Some minor laces retained on the glass. This nose was incredible - tropical fruit bombshell: mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya. The taste just follows right in line very tropical with a tad of resin on the end. Unlike most where the nose is tropical and the taste is pine/resin, this has a huge tropical taste. It full body and very smooth with no booze and a very creamy finish.

I was blown away. Too bad this is a huge pain to acquire cause I would be thrilled to drink this piece again. (675 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Triple Sunshine comes in along the darker end of the color spectrum, and somewhat fittingly, has the starburst color akin to a sunset. A disjointed, rocky head fights to cling to the sides of the glass but easily pulls away without much struggle. It still lasts a while, though. The body is mostly clear, with small amounts of carbonation in the glass.

Aroma - The nose is a wonderful bouquet of hops with a nice sweet note lingering in the background. A fresh mix of mango, honey, and grapefruit makes each sniff a joy.

Taste - Pretty much the nose incarnated on the tastebuds. Juicy tropical fruit with a bready, sweet honey malt flavor. Surprisingly, the finish has a somewhat hot alcohol bite, which definitely knocks this down a few notches.

Mouthfeel - Resinous, thick, syrupy. Clean, though. (814 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting at the ACBF.
A= Hazy and yellow, bright with near pure white full head.
S= The aroma is spectacular, typical of Lawson's Finest. Deep citrus and tropical fruit, resinous pine. Pineapple and mango?
T= No hint of high ABV pushing its way through the deep and dank hop flavors, lots of tropical fruits with pine and earth following. Sweet malt balances bitterness and makes it very easy to drink.
M= Lightly carbonated but stays lite and crisp, easy to drink for TIPA.
O= Had this previously at one of the breweries anniversary events, loved it then, and loved it again. World class. Wish it was easier to get, luckily can get SofS to tide me over. (658 characters)

Photo of papat444
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a treat this one was. Mango, oranges and peaches fill the flavor. Super smooth and ultra creamy with just the right does of bitterness. So easy to drink, i could have drank this all night. Do everything you can to get a bottle of this. (240 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry.

This one pours a dark-ish orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells super good, some dankness, honey, and tons of citrus, just a huge blast of it.

This one isn't necessarily better than regular Double Sunshine, but it's still absolutely stunningly delicious. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever here, with a big honey and citrus sweetness, along with a bit of pine, and some of what they call 'dankness'.

This is medium bodied, and luckily not syrupy at all, for the ABV. The mouthfeel is juicy, and fairly crisp.

This meets the hype and is absolutely delicious. (622 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't go this in depth but for the triple I feel I need to. Like most I went into drinking this beer with expectations out of this world. I drank it from the bottle as I do most bombers unless im sharing. . . which I wasn't!

The smell like most other Lawson's products blew me right out of the water. Literally did smell like a tropical vacation.

The taste was amazing! Now I have not had the pleasure of trying double sunshine so I don't have that to compare it to like most, but it was easily a top 5 beer for me and since I am somewhat inexperienced in the triple IPA game this was the best.

Overall, I would agree with the theory that: this beer is wildly overhyped and is reeling in outrageous demands in terms of the beer market. So in that aspect it is a try once kind of beer. On the other hand it was so good that it is not only worth the hype IMO, but I would explore any offer out there that was REASONABLE and not too far off $4$ to acquire another bottle of this greatness! (1,001 characters)

Photo of TampaRainman
4.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best triple IPA I've had. Thick, sticky, sweet malt backbone with a good chunk of resinous and tropical fruity hops. The booze is nicely balanced for a triple. Has a weighty, syrupy feel and a lingering finish. As good as it was, I think I can safely say that I prefer IPA/DIPA style-wise. (306 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was a great deal of hype surrounding this beer. Some even labeled it the greatest beer of all time. It even got me believing that this might be my first ever 5 out of 5 beer.

I was expecting something legendary, along the lines of a Double Sunshine on steroids, a beer that would truly be worth camping out overnight for or trading a whale to acquire.

What I got was a boozier Sip of Sunshine with a mouthfeel that resembled a dirtier, more raw consistency that I have come to expect from some of the top Tree House brews (not to say that this was a flaw, just uncharacteristic of a Lawson's product.)

It tastes maltier than Double Sunshine, with a more pronounced stone fruit presence in its flavor and just a touch of orange creamsicle (similar to Julius) in its layers. It was also far sweeter than I had expected.

Like most of Lawson's liquid preparations, this beer smells fantastic. This might have been the highlight.

Overall, this a very good beer, but not a life changer.

Is it the best TIPA I have ever had? No.

Does it live up the hype? No.

Is it better than Double Sunshine? No.

Is it worth trading a whale to procure? No.

This was a very difficult beer to get a hold of, and it brought out the ugly side of many people I know in the craft beer community. If you are considering a trade for this beer, do so with the understanding that there are better beers that you can get for far less than the king's random this bomber requires.

To me, Triple Sunshine is the kind of beer that you drink once to satisfy a curiosity, but not one to seek out again. (1,589 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pale amber, big fluffy head that sticks to the glass and dissipates into a thin layer
S: not as big expected for a triple, but still big. Mostly citrus and ripe tropical fruit with a touch of pine
T: orange peel, lemon peel, clementine peel, papaya fruit, some undertone pineapple, some sweetness but (pleasantly) not as much as implied by the nose, a hint of pine in their palate and some darkness in the finish, but the citrus peel dominates here.
F: light for a TIPA, but still a medium feel from the malts and sweetness
O: super tasty. Like happiness. (558 characters)

Photo of lupercmda
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of the top 5 IPAs I have had. Wonderful juicy looking beer with wonderful head retention. Smells of a tropical fruit cornucopia and the taste did not disappoint. It has a nice malt backbone but the juicy taste of the beer blends wonderfully with the malt flavor. Awesome freakin beer. I can find nothing wrong with it. (331 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The aroma bursts of pungent mango, papaya, peach, oranges, along with a slight green leafiness and bready sweetness.

The flavor follows with the oranges and tropical mangoes up front. A juicy Citra quality with not much sweetness, but instead, a substantial bready malt, even for the VT style. It makes the beer lean towards 9% instead of what it actually is. The finish is a touch dank and green herbal hops come through again.

The best TIPA. (445 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber into goblet glass. no packaged on date.

A: pours much too hazy. this bottle was sitting vertical for a while so I surprised at that. orange. foamy white head.

S: loads of citrus, but softer more orange like. mango too. maybe even a little minty? maybe some pine in there too.

T: hugely hoppy. there is a softer side of hops here. the flavor reminds me of a creamsicle. bitterness is moderate to low, very manageable. booze is practically nonexistent.

M: moderate amount of mouthfeel. full body.

D: another solid offering from Lawson's. flavorful and aromatic without being cloying or boozy. I really cant believe this is a 10% ABV beer. goes down like a hearty IPA. my biggest complaint is the appearance being so hazy which brought with it a little yeast bitterness bite. otherwise very well done. (813 characters)

Photo of Lare453
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best dipa/tripa I've ever had. Like magica in a glass. Thank you @ilovelampandbeer for the generosity.

This goes in the top 5 beers I've ever had in my life. (162 characters)

Photo of rongcsc
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

While my favorite Lawson's product remains Double Sunshine, this one is right up there. Great hop aromas and perfect mouthfeel. Not too thin and not too heavy. Had it at the 7th Anniversary bottle sale. (205 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of full draws at the Beer Lovers Ball, but this review is for the bottled version.

Pours hazy orange-gold with a decent amount of effervescence, considering the ABV. Smells sweet and hoppy with distinct nodes of booze. Not nearly the olfactory delight of Double Sunshine (or even Sip of Sunshine, for that matter). At first I was disappointed, but after a few sniffs I adjusted my expectations and began to appreciate its relatively unique charm. Very smooth, and surprisingly delicate considering its strength and complexity.

Tastes like it smells: flowers, mango, apricot, hay, and honey. Hops dominate throughout but it's one of the least bitter imperial IPAs I've ever had. And yet it's not a fruit bomb, nor is it even an amplification of the regular Sunshine hop profile. It's unique, and delicious. (826 characters)

Photo of Devman171
3.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, pour is yellow with medium head. Aroma is dank, grass, and citrus. Taste is intense, lots of bitter and fruit, a bit too much for me though.. (150 characters)

Photo of Str8fromtheGrnMtns
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap. Obtained at Lawson's 7th Anniversary market. Poured into a Lawson's tulip, HUGE tropical aromas as soon as I opened the bottle.
Smells like a tropical bomb with resinous notes in the back.
The mouth feel is overwhelming, I was expecting a mouth feel close to SoS (kinda crisp, more thin), but this is much creamier. Taste is tropical fruits, mango, peach, a bit of grapefruit, but also resinous dank feel following. Nice semi-bitter finish with sweetness to back it from the malts. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy. Basically SoS but x10 on all fronts.
Best Lawson's I've ever had right in front of Double sunshine and Kiwi. Easily a 5. (653 characters)

Photo of Badliverglen
5/5  rDev +5.9%

One of the best beers I ever had. Anywhere and anytime. I hope it's made again.

Look taste smell feel overall 5,s

Can't wait for summer to come back (151 characters)

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Ok, so this beer is special to me, another top 10 beer for me... I was one of the first humans on the planet to sample this beer and it did NOT disappoint... This is other worldly and a must try if Lawson's ever bottles it again. (230 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like sinking your teeth into the perfect blend of tropical and citrus fruit is what Lawson's Finest Triple Sunshine delivers. Its seamless medley has crawled straight out of a can of Hawaiian Punch, wrapped itself around a ten-plus percent core and seeps deeply into the tastebuds for an unabashed assault upon the palate.

Its bright, nearly canary straw color is laced with a milky cloud and topped with a tall, creamy and persistent froth. But hovering over the snifter overwhelms the palate with all things tropical, citrus and orchard fruit; somehow eluding any semblance to beer.

Its bright and tangy taste is both mouthwatering and drying at the same time. Its hop acidity latches onto the tastebuds with teeth-churning red grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, pineapple, mango and apricot. As the ale swirls beautifully on the mouth, its distant backdrop of malt is delicate of honey, faint caramel and confection- giving its vibrant hoppy fruit character a sense of being vine-ripe, bursting with plump juices.

Hiding its strength masterfully, the ale hasn't forgotten about its dry American IPA underpinning- intent on allowing the hop flavor, dryness and smooth bitterness to command the show. Its fleeting finish is tangy, playfully warm and leaves the mouth begging for more. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Hopstamon
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When, in the course of human events, your favorite brewer makes a beer that is just stupid-good—and historically important, in the context of an already rich and well-documented history—and, by chance, you have volunteered to session an entire 22oz bottle of this magical blend of barley, hops and yeast... well, sometimes the best thing you can do is just shut up about it.

But, let's face it, that's not really my thing.

I deliberately call these items “recaps” rather than “reviews” because they are envisioned as timely, just-the-facts accounts of the brew, with some amount of on-the-fly analysis mixed in. By design, they violate the “72 hour rule,” invoked by some fans (once upon a time) as a necessary buffer period to digest a beer and let its immediate afterglow wear off before issuing any declarations about its greatness.

However... I will sum it up into just a few more words when I say that Lawson's has once again blown me away... this is the juiciest of juicy... hoppy goodness & citrusy love... dangerously drinkable... I would camp out for days to get my hands on more of it.
Thank you Mr. Lawson... Thank you Mr. Lawson ... Thank you Mr. Hood (1,183 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Triple Sunshine
Lawson's finest liquid
Double/triple ipa
10.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy over ripe tangerine fruit color, with bright 24k gold sparkling highlights. Has a beautiful loose, billowy off white head that sticks around for the long term with some super retention.

AROMA: Fresh squeezed tropical fruit juice that has spilled into a damp jungle floor. Pineapple, mango, guava peel. Some very interesting earthy, minty notes that get rounded out by sweet bready, doughy malts.

TASTE: Wow! Juicy mango burst right away. Followed by sweet ripe pineapple and peaches. Huge dank, wet earthy flavors that give way to a very layered hop profile. The malty sweetness on the nose comes into play only to give way to the crashing bitterness that hits on the backend. I can't believe this is 10.5% absolutely no heat and so easy to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Lovely expansive creaminess that coats the whole mouth before retracting super quick with the dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: I received this a few months after release it had been properly cellared. I honestly can't imagine how good this must have been fresh. This has blown my mind. This may be the best double/triple ipa I've had to date. So balanced but full of explosive flavors at the same time. I super confident in my rating of this truly masterful work of art!

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads! (1,395 characters)

Photo of beerjunky413
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried 3 oz sampler at the 2014 VT brewers festival. As you would expect from a lawsons IPA the beer is bright and hazy. Aroma is super intense with mountains of hop funk. Very dank and citrusy. The mouthfeel is comparable to the thickest of oatmeal stouts, yet it drinks incredibly easy. The 10.5% abv is almost invisible. Hops linger long, long after the sip is gone. Based on conversations with others at the 'fest, a variety of fruit flavors come through depending on your taste buds. I got lots of pineapple, mango, orange and lime. This beer is worth the hype, now if I could only try more than 3 ounces... (611 characters)

Photo of M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For this particular style, Lawson’s left a dent/gap:

A: Hazy dark golden-yellow/orangey body with a beautiful, frothy, thick, of-white head, and nice retention

S: Aromas are that of a fruity, juicy, greatness: passion fruit, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and wet hoped fruit. So much going on, and the notes are simply incredible: mango, guava, pineapple, peach, apricot, pine, and citrus galore

T: Similar to the aromas; nonetheless, a miraculous amount of hop character is the driver here. This is simply a fruity, juicy, malty brew, to which is handcrafted to stand amongst the best of the best, and where the ABV is hidden fairly well

M: Nice carbonation, smoothness, bitterness, and great hop profile

O: An astounding IPA, which can be compared and stacked up against others if one so chooses to do so, but should be enjoyed for its fruity, juicy, goodness (868 characters)

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Triple Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.